FreeEX 2013: Romanian press still politicized and influenced by business interests

The latest FreeEx 2013 report on the freedom of the press commissioned by Active Watch and released yesterday shows that “national mass-media institutions are still politicized and strongly influenced by business interests, which leads to a lesser equidistance and freedom of the press.” Active Watch also indicates that the politically motivated media discourse has been emphasized lately by increasing attacks between members of the press “in which threats, insults, and vulgarity are predominant.” Other problems affecting freedom of speech signaled in the FreeEx 2013 report refer to the fact that the National Audiovisual Council of Romania appears to be incapable of discouraging unfair practices and even poses a threat to freedom of speech, while public television continues to provide services for power structures.

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